Geoff Countryman is a saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, engineer and teacher. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Geoff came to New York to attend NYU’s Jazz performance program where he studied with Gil Goldstein, Lenny Pickett, John Scofield, and Chris Potter. Since graduating Cum Laude from NYU he has created an impressive body of work and has been in high demand.
Geoff can be seen in Julie Taymor’s “Across the Universe”, and NBC’s “Smash”, has performed regularly with the Saturday Night Live Band and with Chico Hamilton’s “Euphoria” as well as with his own band, Countryman and The Buffalo Band among countless others. He was assistant producer to Lenny Pickett for Kenny Werner’s album “Lawn Chair Society” (Blue Note Records), is a featured performer on hip-hop artist T.I.’s platinum, Grammy nominated album “King” (Atlantic records), and worked extensively as transcriptionist and lead copyist for Fela! on Broadway.
Geoff has enjoyed working with a number of prominent artists including, Dave Douglas, Emmy award winner Katreese Barnes, hitmaker Dr. Luke, The Lonely Island, Patti LaBelle, The Wutang Clan, Ronnie Spector, Randy Brecker, Leon Pendarvis, Mike Mainieri, producers Neil Jason and Al Bell, and Chris Taylor (of Grizzly Bear) among many others.
His professional background also includes extensive commercial work on national television spots. He continues to record, compose and produce music for TV, film and Internet.
Originally from Milwaukee, WI, engineer/guitarist/producer, Tyler McDiarmid, came to New York in 2003 to pursue graduate work at NYU. His love of engineering led to the creation of "Geoff and Tyler Recording," a production company specializing in live, on-location recording. Geoff and Tyler can regularly be found throughout the city recording anything from small jazz groups to rock bands to large chamber ensembles.
Tyler is also in high demand as a mixing engineer. He is currently on staff at NBC's Saturday Night Live, where he is part of the mixing team for live broadcast. Tyler also occasionally mixes music for broadcast for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. In the studio, Tyler has worked with artists such as John Scofield, Gregory Porter, Dave Douglas, Nicolas Payton, and Dafnis Prieto.
As a guitarist, Tyler is a member of the critically-acclaimed indie-rock band, San Fermin. He has also played and/or toured with Keiko Matsui, Gil Goldstein, Lenny Pickett, Toots Theilmans, the Heath Brothers, Kurt Elling and Bob Mintzer, to name a few.
He contributes much of his success as an engineer, and his musical aesthetic, to maintaining a busy performance schedule.
Tyler has a Master of Music degree from New York University and is currently working on his Ph.D in jazz studies. He is also a member of the adjunct faculty at NYU where he continues to teach a recording techniques course, as well as private and group guitar lessons.